Suzi Siegel on the Friday Happy Hour

suzie sieIn the midst of the tiny house phenomena, Suzi Siegel became fascinated with what was going on in her own town of Queens NY. She discovered a plethora of tiny things – including NYPD’s smallest bomb-sniffing police dog, the shortest first name and an itsy-bitsy topless bar. More importantly, Suzi discovered a whole new way to see the world. Suzi Siegel is joining Annmarie Kelly at the Friday Happy Hour to talk about what she learned from Tiny New York, i). There are plenty of books about New York City. But there has never been a book about the smallest things in the biggest city. Get her book on Amazon.
Suzi Siegel is a former investigative report and travel writer. And, for part of her career, worked with the Philadelphia police force.
Listen to “Discover a new perspective with Tiny New York author Suzie Siegel” on Spreaker.


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Tip#8: Sugar and Alcohol

Christmas Cookies Cooling on Cookie SheetSave the Sugar and Alcohol for Socializing

You know how it is this time of year. You’re going out more than usual, people are bringing treats to work, family members are making the comfort foods from your childhood. It’s almost never-ending.
When I meet family and friends, I really enjoy sharing a drink with them and tasting all the Christmas goodies that are in abundance this time of year.  I also love to taste the goodies I’m making and maybe join my spouse for a drink before dinner.
But, when January rolls around, I wish I could take it all back. When I can’t snap my jeans, or the business suit jacket doesn’t button as easily, I get annoyed.I know it’s going to take a couple months to get those extra pounds off…and that’s only if I focus on doing all the right things.
Therein lies the rub. Focus isn’t easy in early January.  I loathe the mental fogginess that comes with too much indulgence and not enough rest.
So, over the years, I’ve developed a simple plan that seems to work. At the very least it helps me keep the “damage” to a minimum. Here’s the plan:

  • Only drink wine and other alcoholic drinks when you are out at a social event
  • Ditto with anything made with flour and sugar
  • Stick to protein and fruit at home
    • Eggs work great in a pinch: dinner omelets, hard-boiled for a snack, scrambled and tossed into boiling soup
    •  If you need a dessert, freeze grapes and eat a handful of them instead of cookies or crackers
  • Replace a mid-afternoon snack with protein and fruit (like an egg and an apple) or a protein drink
  • Drink more water.
    • Fill a pitcher with water add a sliced apple and 2 cinnamon sticks – it looks pretty and tastes so good that it makes drinking more water a treat.
    • A variation: sliced grapefuit and basil

Try these tips and you’re more likely to welcome the New Year with a clear head and happy body!
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Tip#1: Your Intention is "JOY"

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Decide That This Holiday is Going to Be Joyful

Yes, you choose joy. You decide and then it is. Sounds too simplistic, doesn’t it.  But try it. You’ll be amazed at how much power you will gain just by making this one choice.
Here’s why it works: when you decide that your holidays are going to be joyful, you eliminate the clutter of crazy. Instead of getting pulled in different directions, you get to assess every invitation and every event with the question “if I do this, will I feel joyful?” If you answer “no” then you turn the invitation down postpone it to the new year when you will have more time, patience, etc.
You just have to decide…and stick with your decision.
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Ten Tips for Happier Holidays

ChristmasTreeChristmas Holidays: Glad to see ‘em come, glad to see ‘em go. That’s what one of my co-workers used to say. I thought she was a scrooge, but now I know she wasn’t. She was on target.

Knowing how overwhelming the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years can be, sometimes just the thought of the Christmas holidays creates stress. You might not realize it, but the commercialization of the Christmas holidays is stealing your joy. This year, don’t let it; be different.

Here are ten tips you can use to make Happier Holidays. If you just pick two of these and embrace them, you’ll see the difference – and you’ll start the New Year happier!

1.    Decide that this holiday is going to be joyful; make it your intention

2.    Pick 3 happy holiday memories to recall when stressed

3.    Challenge every tradition and eliminate outdated ones

4.    Carve out time for the people you really want to see

5.    Say ‘no’ to “obligation invitations”

6.    Take a 5-five minute Laughter break every day

7.    Take breathing breaks each hour

8.    Enjoy sugar and alcohol only when socializing

9.    Avoid the negative people, alcoholics and drama mongers

10. Focus your attitude on gratitude

Merry Christmas!

May this holiday season be one of your happiest years ever!

Radio Wrap-Up: Tips for Mid-Life Caregivers

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With parents living longer, mid-life caregiver has become a common title, along with sandwich caregiver. It’s a real hot topic for those of you who are in it and doing it.
As I mentioned on the show, my spouse and I were the primary caregivers for our moms. When we were doing it, you might have thought we were only children…but we both have three siblings. That’s not unusual, according the what Elder Law attorney, Cathy Sikorski. In fact, it a common caregiver problem.
That’s what we were talking about at Happy Hour and Cathy gave you mid-life caregivers some good info about critical “must know” issues, like power of attorney, insurance, Medicaid and more. She has a wealth of legal knowledge and personal experience with caregiving, so I’m inviting her back for more in the fall.
In the meantime, you can find Cathy Sikorski on her website and read her blog at CathySikorski and find her on twitter @cathy_sikorski. Also, Cathy has a new book coming out soon: Showering with Grandma: Confessions of a Serial [Killer] Caregiver. I’m already looking forward to reading about care-giving through Cathy’s lens of fact and compassion sprinkled with humor.
I also talked about my trip to NC, including the Patsy Cline exhibit. Here’s the picture I “illegally” took, that is, I took it before I saw the “no pictures” sign.PatsyCline
Here’s a link to see some of it on the museum’s website: Patsy Cline Exhibit. And here’s the YouTube link to hear Patsy singing her hit song, CRAZY.
I’ll be posting more pictures of my NC trip on my FB page at VictoriousWomanProject.
Before we left today, during Chick Chat, Pam Mariani and I talked about the trend toward size 000. Here’s an article I mentioned: SIZE Triple 0
QUESTION FOR YOU: When Cathy Sikorski comes back in the fall, what questions do you want me to ask her? Post your questions below.
NOTE: We won’t have Happy Hour next week because the station is closed, but we’ll be back on July 11.
Hope you can tune-in then! We’re on every Friday from 3-4pm EST/DST (Philly) time, Live and Local on 1520am and Live and Online at www.WCHE1520.com

Pump Up the Power – #1

Power Tip for Recharging Your Attitude:
Read or Listen to Positive and Inspiring Books

Don’t you and your attitude need a break from the world news, pop news, the everyday ups and downs and whatever else could be making your life “less” instead of “more”?
During the recent “winter of snow” that was topped off by a few days without heat, I needed more than a break. I couldn’t get myself motivated to do anything except keep appointments and commitments that were already on the books. The sofa, television and food were fast becoming my go-to best friends. I needed something to remind me that a few months of snow was no match for my determination. I needed a whole attitude makeover.
Back when I was a struggling teacher with barely two pennies to rub together, I met Jeanne. She became a spiritual teacher and guide and introduced me to prosperity courses.
In March I found myself mentally and emotionally back in that same “two pennies” place. A quick online search led me to a prosperity course being offered locally. The course was Mary Morrissey’s Prosperity Plus course, which came with a set of CDs.
In addition, I discovered that one of my earliest prosperity teachers was doing a workshop in Princeton New Jersey, a couple hours from me. Edwene Gaines and her southern charm and playful attitude were just what I needed.
I enrolled in the course and listened to the CDs. I drove to Princeton and met Edwene. I started “coming back” and being myself again.
Both women referenced several books. Most of them were staples of my reading diet when I first started out. I hadn’t read any of them in years. I went into my library and pulled a couple out and started reading and remembering. My spirit started lifting.
The same thing will happen for you.
Find a book that lifts you up. A couple of my favorites: Think and Grow Rich, Acres of Diamonds, The Millionaire Mind, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity and The Science of Getting Rich. While those books may all sound like they are money-focused (and there’s nothing wrong with that), those books are all about thinking and attitude. And, of course, there’s Victorious Woman! Shaping Life’s Challenges into Personal Victories. There’s a story of victory for whatever is going on in your life – divorce, abandonment, illness, abuse, low self-esteem and more.
And come to the Friday Happy Hour on May 9 when my guest will be the totally delightful Edwene Gaines. Her sense of humor will make you laugh, her southern charm will draw you in but it’s her common sense and her commitment to helping you be happier and more prosperous could change your life!

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"Magic" at Today's Happy Hour

Cherry-LeeWard.1Want to SUPERCHARGE your 2014 goals? You can do it! Shamanic healer Cherry-Lee Ward has great ideas and a couple rituals that will help welcome the changes and push you past the challenges. And Cherry-Lee has a special offer for you too!
Join us for today’s Happy Hour at 3pm EST.
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Cherry-Lee Ward is a contemporary shaman and healer.  She is an Internationally known teacher, mentor and inspiring presenter.  It is her great joy to help people connect with the magic in their lives and to remember all of who they are – as they go forward and change the world! Learn more at www.Cherry-LeeWard.com

Emotional Wellness Month

PresqueIsleSunset.webOctober is a month designated for many causes, including breast cancer awareness and domestic violence awareness. The way I look at it, they’re all connected. Emotional wellness is about having a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong sense of self and the ability to name and claim your feelings and express them in a positive way – including naming and claiming things like anger, resentment and disappointment. Also, emotional wellness means that you have good boundaries – like, for example, that can say “no” when you need to without feeling guilty. It also means that you can feel that the people in your life support you. Generally speaking, emotional wellness means you feel good about who you are and who you are becoming.
Given that definition, on an emotional wellness scale of 1-10, where are you? If you aren’t a 10, where is the gap? Here are a few questions that can help you narrow it down:

  • Do you feel like people don’t listen?
  • Do you feel that people take advantage of you or use you?
  • When you say ‘no’ do people think that’s just the start of a negotiation to get you to do something that you don’t want to do?
  • Do you need to feel safer in your home or workplace – maybe even with your friends?
  • Are you afraid you’ll hurt people or that they won’t like you if you say ‘no’ to them?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those, you need to have better or stronger boundaries.
Boundaries are what you put into your life that teaches people how to treat you. I saw a therapist once who gave me a boundaries “assignment” for two weeks. I failed miserably. He looked me right in the eyes and said, “Annmarie, you have terrible boundaries.” Then he told me why. I don’t think I didn’t know about boundaries, or that I didn’t have many good ones, but hearing someone say it was the proverbial two-by-four between the eyes. I think that changed my life. Choosing and implementing stronger boundaries wasn’t an easy task and it took some time. But the effort has been worth it.
Here’s the one BEST TIP I can give you to start creating better and stronger boundaries: When asked for a favor, don’t make any snap decisions. Simply say, “let me think about it and I’ll let you know [specify a time, like “later today” or “by 6 o’clock” or “I’ll check my schedule/calendar and let you know tomorrow.”
Give it a try. You’ll be amazed at how well it works.
And please share you experiences with others on this post so they can know that better boundaries makes a difference. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
In victory,
Annmarie
 

My Excellent Adventure

WCHE.smallBill and Ted have nothing on me! I’m getting ready to start a new adventure, something that I’ve thought about doing for a long time…and now I am. This Friday, September 13, I’m starting my own one-hour, weekly radio show. It’s a local station in West Chester PA, WCHE 1520AM. You can listen – live and local – on www.WCHE1520.com. And as soon as I learn how to do it, I’ll podcast it for you.
I’m excited!
What is something you’ve wanted to do for a long time? What stopped you? Are you ready to have your own excellent adventure with it?

July's Theme: Energy

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Did you ever watch your child spin around like a top? Kids love doing that even though it makes them dizzy. In fact, getting dizzy is part of the fun. They spin, fall down laughing and then stop…for a few seconds. Then, they get back up and spin again. They repeat it over and over again until they get so tired that you can put them down for a nap – and they don’t argue with you.
Are you doing the adult woman version of spinning around? I know from experience that you and I can’t create success when we are spinning – all we create is that feeling of dizziness.
I’ve been doing that lately, so this month I’m focusing on how to stop spinning. Hope you’ll join me as I explore the possibilities.